Maisie Brown

Miss Heart of the South’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Madison, MS

Hobbies:        My hobbies include playing the piano and clarinet.  I also enjoy reading classical literature, traveling and studying politics.

School:           Bailey APAC Middle School

Scholastic Ambition: My ultimate goal is to become a lawyer who specializes in International Business.

Scholastic Honors: Top 25 of mu class, Special Honors Every Term, 2nd place in the stae for Science Fair, 2nd place in Ecology for Science Olympiad.

Talent:            Solo Piano, Prelude in C Sharp Minor – Rachmaninoff

Platform:        Incorporating the Arts in Public Schools

What makes you special and unique? What makes me special is my ability to adapt to any situation no matter how minor or major.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing they may not realize is that I am deeply engulfed in Pan-African history.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I’ve received is people point out what’s wrong with you when they can’t handle what’s right with you.

What can’t you live without? I wouldn’t be able to live without my mother.  She always leads me in the right direction.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, my guilty pleasure is reality television.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic Comedies are my favorite genre because I love positivity.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 10 years I see myself as a Howard University political science graduate currently enrolled in Columbia University Law School.

Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson learned is to never let one’s opinion bring you down, you are your own biggest fan.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my Aunt Monica because she is so independent and never lets anyone bring her down.

What motivates you? What motivated me most is seeing all of the people that need help with no voice.  I want to be that voice.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment by far is being elected student body vice president.  That showed a lot of my peers have respect for me.

Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I ever received was how charismatic I am.

Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to one day become Secretary of State for the USA.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me is starting on the wrong note at piano competition.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to try deep ocean snorkeling even though I’ve been afraid of water since I was younger.

What is your super power? My super power is making people happy when they think they’ll never smile again.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I’ve learned that beauty is not all that matters.  Your intellect, personality and social skills play an important role in your success.

Describe yourself in one word. One word to describe me is peculiar.

A Fun Family Fact? My mom, dad, aunt and grandmother all attended Jackson State University.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

 As an eight grade student at Bailey Apac Middle School, I’ve been involved in many activities.  I have always thought it is best to not be a bookworm, but really get involved in you school.  This is the main reason for being a member of the Science Olympiad, Challenge Bowl, Student Government and always placing at our Science Fair.  Academics are important, but piano has always been my focus.  I love competing and challenging myself with difficult pieces.   If I win a competition, I am thrilled.  But when I lose, I always want to find out what I could have done better and hopefully rise to occasion on my next competition.

Outside of piano, I am a person that loves to travel and to understand cultures.  In four words….I love to learn.  I love to learn random facts that most people will not know and most of all I love sharing this information.

When I decided to be a competitor in the local pageant, I wasn’t sure if I could win, but simply wanted to try.  But when I won, I then knew that it was not about who you are, but about what you are capable of doing.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

INCORPORATING ARTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

My platform for the pageant came from the fact that I am a student at one of the few public performing arts schools in the entire state.  Because I have benefited so much from access to art programs, everyone should get the opportunity.  Statistically speaking, students involved in the arts are proven to do better academically.  It changes the learning environment to one of discovery and it reaches students not normally reached and methods not normally used.  But most importantly, arts positively impacts the learning of students of lower socioeconomic status as much or more than those of higher socioeconomic status.

An effective education in the fine arts helps students to see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch.  It helps to stretch a child’s mind beyond the boundaries of any printed text.  We need to offer more in depth learning about things that matter most:  order, integrity, thinking skills, and being creative.  The arts provide all of these.